ABBEY McKenzie’s university days are far from over.
Having just completed a three year undergraduate arts degree the Ky local is now starting a three year postgraduate law degree.
But she spent the summer as an intern for Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW).
Their summer internship program gave Abbey and 11 other students the opportunity to experience working at Australia’s largest rural water corporation as part of its Kickstart program.
Now in its fourth year, the 12-week paid program involves students working in a range of GMW departments which include engineering, science, business, law and property services.
“I’ve really enjoyed getting business experience at GMW and being exposed to the corporate world,” Abbey said.
“I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do so I chose to study arts, and now I’ve decided to pursue a career as a lawyer.
“I was working with GMW in the property and planning team and it introduced me to areas I hadn’t considered before.
“It helped me decide what direction I should take with my course, now I’m thinking about the possibility of specialising in this type of law.”
This summer saw the largest group of students take part since the program’s conception four years ago.
The objective is to assist students in achieving practical experience and help kick start their careers.
GMW learning and development coordinator Zara Milenkovic said the program is all about providing young people with an opportunity to see what is in their own backyard.
“This is a great way for local students to add practical experience to their resumes,” she said. “It’s also great to keep skills and expertise in our local region where possible.”